As a record shattering Olympian, gold medalist Gabrielle (Gabby) Douglas leapt into history as the first American athlete to win the prestigious team gold and the all-around gold medal in the same Olympics.
What is equally monumental is that she prepared herself for the arduous competitions by drawing upon her strength from God. In the midst of what has to be tremendous pressure, she has always maintained her faith and presence of mind to reach out to the Lord.
Of course football sensation and devout Christian quarterback Tim Tebow does it as well, and many national comedians and liberal political pundits have attacked him for his faithful practice of kneeling on the gridiron and giving thanks to God.
His righteous practice has accomplished very noble purposes and caused him to be the target of vilification as well. First, he has shown his strength to honor his creator and thereby be a Christian role model for other young athletes. His commitment on the football field helps them to not be afraid to show that God has prepared their spirit and heart for the competition of the day.
Secondly, Tebow's practice demonstrates a true Christian ministry that parents can point their children to as an example of standing for your faith, even when adversity and cruel pointless comments attempt to diminish their young spirits.
Does God deserve credit for Gabrielle Douglas Olympic gold record?
It appears that Gabby believes that he does. In fact, before the beginning of her All-Around competition, Gabby tweeted to the whole world, "Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things He does for me."
Yes, Gabby sent out a message that is as clear as her faith is pure and her determination is focused, that the Lord, is responsible. She has shown that he endures in her heart and in her spirit and helped guide her pathway to historic Olympic gold.
Will she become scoffed at by comedic hatchet men for atheists, disbelievers, and liberal sanity challenged liberal pundits like HBO Bill Maher’s diatribes or even worse Bill Press? Yes it was liberal pundit Bill Press, who denounced Tebow’s actions in December of 2011 on his radio show, by stating, “Tell Tebow: ‘S-T-F-U’ (Shut the F**k Up) About Jesus.” Seems that Bill Press is immersed in his fear of Tim Tebow’s influence and his ability to expand his Christian ministry on the football field. Tough luck Press, on field penalty for illegally holding onto hate!
One has to wonder just how soon will these types of callous assaults that have been targeted at Tim Tebow by the likes of David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Jay Leno and others, will soon be directed toward Gabby Douglas. Yet, does it truly even matter that these comedic assaults which are germinated in the garden of hate and fear of God and of Christ are aired over and over again?
Not really, because the faith in Gabby Douglas’ and Tim Tebow’s heart and in their spirit is far more powerful than the comic engineers of hateful assaults upon Christian athletes.
Gabby and Tim listen to a different voice and it is both kind and reassuring, “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” 1 Corinthians 9:25
So Gabby, you go girl and keep competing and keep winning for a grateful nation and a God who has provided you with the strength, courage and spiritual peace that has kept your eye on the sparrow.
What will her stellar Olympic wins mean in the months and years ahead for other young gymnasts who are witnessing her testimony of faith as she gracefully excelled in Olympic excellence? It means that like Tim Tebow, she can be a tremendous Christian role model, for other young girls and women. They will not fear to display the heart of a true a Christian, and a potential Olympian, who is guided by the hand of God.
They will now have the courage of their convictions to say aloud and to say proudly, as Gabby prayed before her competition: "Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things He does for me."